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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Musical Interlude

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Enjoy Les Caractères De La Guerre, composed by Jean-François Dandrieu (c. 1682 – 1739), a French Baroque composer, harpsichordist, and organist:


  1. Lovely as usual. It is always interesting to learn of composers I have never heard before. It's amazing how much wonderful music is out there.

  2. Despite being contemporaneus with J.S. Bach, this seems a very "primitive" example of Baroque Music. The entire piece –– really a sute –– is all in one key, and remains harmonically static throughout –– no modulations and no chro maticism whatsoever.. Interest is provided only by changes in tempo, variation in figurations for the strings, and modest changes in instrumentation.

    Funny! I actually KNEW Newell Jenkins (the conductor) in my New York days in this regard: ––we often found ourselves invited to the same party by a smll group of Juilliard personnel and hangers on. Jenkins was an amiable enough guy, but was not too well regarded by the Juilliard faculty who attended these gatherings.

  3. Found this composition most enjoyable. Baroque has always been a favorite genre of mine. Thanks for posting.


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